March on Washington, 1963
On August 28, 1963, Dr Martin Luther King Jnr. addressed the assembled marchers at the Lincoln memorial. During his address, he gave the “I Have a Dream” speech, which is closely associated with him, the civil rights era and its ideals and aims. The speech can be read in the Listening Tree section of this website.
The March and rally was attended by over 250,000 people, travelling from the length and breadth of the USA to join the call for equality for Americans descended from those who had built the nation through their enforced labour and were valued only if they were the property of a white man or woman.
Alongside the Americans of African ancestry marched Americans of European ancestry although it appears from this photograph as though some remained segregated.
On the left is actor Sidney Poitier, on the right is singer and actor Harry Belafonte, who also attended.
A brother from the Nation of Islam holds a copy of the Muhammad Speaks publication.
Equality in employment, housing, medical, education etc. – all the same issues that they marched for in 1963 are still live issues today, some 57 years later
Dr Martin Luther King Jnr (centre) would later give his life for the freedoms and equality that we still fight for, and are still being denied, today